'''Harry Lillis''' "'''Bing'''" '''Crosby, Jr.''' (May 2, 1903 – October 14, 1977)
[Giddins 2001, pp. 30–31.]
was an American singer and actor.
Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone
voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion
records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.
The first multimedia star, from 1931 to 1954 Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses.
[Giddins, 2001, p. 8.]
His early career coincided with technical recording innovations such as the microphone
. This allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como
, Frank Sinatra
, Dick Haymes
, and Dean Martin
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